So, we’ve swallowed hard here at BMG, very reluctantly putting up with a consumer mandate to buy health insurance, if it were coupled with a mandate on employers who don’t cover their employees to pay something. Well, the Senate has reinstated the personal mandate — alone.
Under the provision added to the bill yesterday, the individual mandate would kick in Jan. 1, 2008, if the state did not trim the number of uninsured by 50 percent; the mandate would also kick in by Jan. 1, 2009, if the number of uninsured had not been reduced by 75 percent.
Under the mandate, anyone who fails to buy insurance would either pay for medical costs out of pocket or face tax penalties.
Pure mandate, baby. Buy crappy insurance or else: $5400 deductible for a family! What exactly are you paying for, again? And yes, taxpayers will still be paying for Wal-Mart employees’ health care: state-run care for we but not thee, I guess.
And isn’t this great:
The Senate and Romney say an employer mandate would burden businesses and cost jobs.
Yeah, they’re so thoughtful, aren’t they? Now, for us individuals, it’s no burden at all, right? And it’s Monopoly money flowing out of our pockets to insurance companies anyway, right? Money which wouldn’t create jobs in our communities, right?
I guess they know where their bread is buttered — or they think they do.
Much more at Health Care for All — must read.
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